Thundershirts and Cool shirts


Neuro Corner Answers

Dr. Andrew Isaacs
DVM Diplomate ACVIM (Neurology)
Dogwood Veterinary Referral Center

Primary interests include intervertebral disc disease, seizure management, luxations/fractures of the spine, and surgery for brain tumors



What’s your opinion or if there should be any restrictions about using a Thundershirt® or Cool Shirt® with an IVDD dog?


There wouldn’t be any contraindications for an IVDD dog wearing a thunder shirt or cool coat. Especially a thunder shirt if it helps to calm them when trying to cage rest them.

We do not recommend braces, but both the thunder shirt and cool coats aren’t stiff like a brace and still allow enough range of motion.

Take care,


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